'Art in Sixes' at the DVAA and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community November 17 to 23

Posted 11/16/22

Go see Disney’s ‘High School Musical Jr.’

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Highlands Middle School will present Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” at 7 p.m. on …

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'Art in Sixes' at the DVAA and more

What's going on in arts, leisure and the community November 17 to 23


Go see Disney’s ‘High School Musical Jr.’

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne Highlands Middle School will present Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at the school.

“This year will be a little different,” a spokesperson wrote, “as we have transformed our gymnasium into a performance venue for our musical, because we are finishing up our major renovation project at the all-new Honesdale Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Honesdale High School.”

The new center will open in April 2023, and will feature a performance of “Chicago.”

Disney’s original “High School Musical,” something of a modern-day telling of “Romeo and Juliet,” started as a made-for-TV movie in 2006. It won the Emmy, Teen Choice, American Music and more awards.

There have been two sequels.

The plot follows the story of basketball star Troy and brainy Gabriella, who cope with the status quo at school. Both land parts in the school musical, and ultimately, “stereotypes are relinquished and barriers between cliques are broken down, as the characters’ infectious enthusiasm and unity defy the odds over old expectations,” the spokesperson wrote.

The musical stars Liam Platt as Troy and Alina Shanfelder as Gabriella. It also features Esme Schloesser, Logan Rickert, Briley Acker, Korilyn Roche, Logan Lester, Kinley Platt, Sophia Bond, Maddison Miller, Eli Funk, Drew Daniels, Quinn Miller, Jenna Murray, Ellie Pasquini, Evelyn Bond, Jase Berkihiser, FrannySue Menechino, Brynn Derrick and Desmond Jennings as the Moderator.

Disney’s “High School Musical Jr.” is directed by Scott Miller; musical direction is by Martha Curtis, and the performance is choreographed by Mason Marie Clark. Danielle Gager is the assistant student director.

For the full cast list, visit riverreporter.com/arts-leisure.

General admission tickets are on sale now. A regular ticket costs $10, a senior ticket—for ages 62-plus—costs $9, student tickets cost $7, and tickets for children aged three to five cost $5.

Purchase tickets at www.honesdalepac.com/tickets/purchase/whms, or call the Honesdale Performing Arts box office at 570/251-9831.

Performances are recommended for ages five and up.  All guests entering the gymnasium, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

The Wayne Highlands Middle School gym is located at 482 Grove St.

For more information, visit www.honesdalepac.com.

‘Art in Sixes’

NARROWSBURG, NY — The 18th annual “Art in Sixes” exhibition opens at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) on Saturday, November 19, and runs until Friday, December 23.

The installation consists of hundreds of six-inch works of art, and features work from over 150 artists of all ages.

An opening reception will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“As the entries have poured in, it is remarkable to be in the presence of such creativity. DVAA’s ‘Sixes’ exhibition reminds us every year what incredible artistic talent—both emerging and established—there is to be discovered here in the Sullivan Catskills and Upper Delaware region,” said Ariel Shanberg, DVAA executive director, in a press release.

This year, the DVAA opened the exhibition to youthful artists from local school districts. Students were offered free six-inch canvases to use.

“This is the first year we reached out to local schools for ‘Sixes.’ I am really excited to see the young artists’ faces when they see their work hanging in the gallery. The kids did a great job!” said Signe Ballew, DVAA gallery manager.

The original artworks on display are available for purchase, with prices ranging from $60 to $600, and the sale of the pieces both benefits artists and helps to keep the DVAA open.

The art consists of paintings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, woodwork, fiber arts, collage and more.

The DVAA gallery is located at 37 Main St., and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

For more information, call 845/252-7576, or email gallery@delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.

Repair Cafe at Tusten

NARROWSBURG, NY — If an item of yours is broken or in need of repair, bring it to the Tusten Repair Cafe instead of throwing it out.

The cafe takes place on Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tusten Town Hall.

This year’s team of volunteers includes those who can help fix wooden things, mechanical items and lamps, and do electrical work. The team can repair small appliances and bicycles, re-string instruments, and help with sewing, knitting and crocheting.

A maximum of two items per person is requested.

The Repair Cafe encourages everyone to sit and learn with the fixer as your items get mended.

Microwaves, gas-powered items or anything labeled “smart” will not be accepted.

There is no charge, though donations are accepted.

If you wish to volunteer as a repair coach, or if you have an area of expertise and could help get something repaired, contact the Repair Cafe; see below.

The Tusten Town Hall is located at 210 Bridge St.

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.facebook.com/people/Repair-Cafe-Tusten/100069362378675, or email jillepadua@gmail.com with “Repair Cafe” in the subject line.

 ‘Good Medicine’ highlights snake oil at NACL

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — The North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL) will present a play that sheds a light on 19th-century medicine shows.

The play, titled “Good Medicine,” is written and performed by Richard Grunn. it takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 19 at NACL, which is located at 110 Highland Lake Rd.

Grunn’s play is about the proliferation of the medicine show in its various permutations, from the 19th century through today. The plot follows three characters: Rev. Beauford T. Jones, Dr. Chester C. Braman and Kurt Candleman, who is a spiritual advisor and master guru.

Each exists in and is representative of a different period in history, from which they attempt to sell us their philosophy and associated products for health.

The satire exposes the similarities between the characters, according to the press release, and it shows how we fall today for the same snake-oil salesmen as our ancestors did. The salesmen still have their charm and allure,  and pitch absurd balms and practices which claim to heal and cure.

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at www.nacl.org.

For more information, call 845/557-0694.

Thanksgiving dinner for those in need

MILFORD, PA and DINGMANS FERRY, PA — A no-cost Thanksgiving dinner will be available for those who can’t be with family, or for those who are in need, with local delivery and take-out options available. Dinners are delivered and handed out on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, at 12 noon at the Delaware Township building, 116 Wilson Hill Rd. in Dingmans Ferry and the Church of the Good Shepherd at 110 West Catharine St. in Milford.

This program is made possible through the efforts of many people, according to the press release. Local businesses make donations to buy the food. Delaware Township provides the facility. Volunteers help with preparation and delivery.

Meal orders must be placed by Sunday, November 20.

For delivery requests, call 570/369-0491 or 914/443-5149. For questions, call 570/228-7699, or email stevenpdavis@gmail.com.

‘Transition’ explores meaning and change

YOUNGSVILLE, NY — Jeffersonville artists Kevin Gref and Lucy Sardonia will be featured in a holiday exhibit. It opens on Saturday, November 26 at 3 p.m. at Domesticities, 4055 State Rte. 52.

The exhibit, titled “Transition,” explores meaning and change through art.

Gref, a sculptor, retired from his career as a carpenter and returned to artwork. He presently works out of the studios of the late abstract painters Elizabeth Harms and Douglas Craft in the village of Jeffersonville, creating art in painted wood and mixed media. His pieces are described as “a complex adventure in shape and color, which visually interprets words and their meaning.”

Born in the Dominican Republic, Lucy Sardonia immigrated to the U.S. with her family at a young age. Her high school art instructor trained and encouraged her. Now she works with a variety of materials, as she explores and reimagines everyday scenes from her childhood in the Caribbean and our local landscapes.  The subtlety of color in Gref’s work, a press release noted, is complemented by the colorful portrayals of strength in nature and humans that Sardonia has created.”

The exhibit runs through Friday, December 30.

For more information, call 845/482-3333.

Holiday ‘Bricktacular’ at LEGOLAND

GOSHEN, NY — LEGOLAND New York has announced its first holiday “Bricktacular” special.

The event runs from Friday, November 25, 2022, to Sunday, January 1, 2023.

The theme park is located at 1 Legoland Way.

“Bricktacular” offers a walk through a LEGO winter wonderland, and the chance to help build a holiday mosaic. Attendees can watch tree lightings, listen to carolers, meet and greet LEGO Santa, and much more, a spokesperson said.

“The Hudson Valley is one of the most magical places to celebrate the holidays, which is why we can’t wait to debut this new annual event to the area,” said LEGOLAND New York resort divisional director Stephanie Johnson in a press release.

Purchase tickets and get more information at www.legoland.com/new-york.

Casting call for ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop is putting out a casting call for its August 2023 play, titled “The Play That Goes Wrong.” They are seeking two females between the ages of 22 and 30, six males between the ages of 25 and 60, plus members of a stage crew.

The play is a 1920s whodunit that, a spokeswoman said, has everything you never wanted in a show:  an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything, including their lines.

Auditions take place on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fallsburg Senior Center, located at 12 Laurel Ave.

For more information, email bwoloszczak@gmail.com.

A full season ahead at the Forestburgh Playhouse

FORESTBURGH, NY — “The Forestburgh Playhouse 2023 Mainstage Season will be a thrilling celebration of live theatrical entertainment in the Sullivan Catskills,” said producing artistic director Franklin Trapp in a press release.

The playhouse’s 2023 season will include Broadway hits such as “Jersey Boys,” Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” “Matilda the Musical” and “The Addams Family.”

Other plays in the season will be “Clue: the Musical,” Stephen King’s “Misery,” Dreamworks’ “Madagascar the Musical,” “Gordon Gets Down!,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and others.

The In The Works-In The Woods Festival will also be returning for the third year.

The Forestburgh Playhouse is the oldest continuously running, professional summer theatre in New York State. It is located at 39 Forestburgh Rd.

To purchase season passes or for more information, visit www.fbplayhouse.org.

Deborah Worden honored by Fearless! Hudson Valley

NEWBURGH, NY  — Deborah Worden, executive director of Action Toward Independence (ATI), will be honored with the 2022 Mildred Warren Good Neighbor Award by Fearless! Hudson Valley (Fearless) at their Celebration of Hope Brunch on Sunday, November 20 at 11 a.m.

The brunch takes place at the Powelton Club, which is located at 29 Old Balmville Rd.

Fearless, the former Safe Homes of Orange County, is the only private, nonprofit agency in Orange and Sullivan counties that is dedicated to providing free advocacy, support, education, prevention and shelter to victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking and crime victimization.

The Celebration of Hope brunch marks 36 years of providing services to victims and their children, of continuing to increase public awareness about these issues, and of encouraging accountability for perpetrators.

Worden will be honored along with Maddie Miller, the deputy director of the Orange County probation department; Kara Sprague, Pine Bush High School educator; and Inaudy Gil, the executive director of the Orange County Human Rights Commission.

Worden has worked for many Sullivan county agencies and departments: for public health, BOCES, Cornell Cooperative Extension and for Achieve Nursing Facility, where she was the director of volunteer and community services.

Since joining ATI, she has been responsible for obtaining grant funding and other resources that have greatly increased the agency’s capacity, a spokesperson said.

The Fearless! Good Neighbor award is named for Mildred Warren, a Middletown resident who passed away in 2001 and left her legacy to Fearless. The award is given to businesses or individuals who are good neighbors.

Tickers for the brunch cost $100, and can be purchased at FearlessHV.org/hopebrunch.

For more information, call 845/562-5365.

‘Silent Spring Revolution’ book signing, talk

ONLINE and HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, working with the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, will present an author talk and book signing by Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian and library trustee.

The talk takes place on Monday, November 21 at 6 p.m. at 4079 Albany Post Rd., and will be streamed live to the FDR Library YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Brinkley is the author of “Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, And The Great Environmental Awakening.”

Registration is required for in-person attendance. Register at www.fdrlibrary.org.

For questions about the event, call 845/486-7745.

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